3 Days of Peace and Music

We’re taking a look back into the nation’s history for this week’s “Say It In Song” post: this weekend marks the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, the pivotal music festival that was billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music”.  Rolling Stone Magazine lists this festival as one of the “50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll.”

It stands the test of time.… [Read more]

Spinning Hate: The New KKK

On April 24, 1867, the Ku Klux Klan held its first national meeting in a bid to organize and build structure among their many disparate often groups. In 2013, one hundred forty six years later, the klan still exists.

On Wednesday I spent the entire evening surfing through Ku Klux Klan affiliated websites. I read their literature, watched videos, and scanned through a ton of pictures.  … [Read more]

On this day in history: Letter from a Birmingham Jail

What follows is an open letter written on April 16, 1963, by the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., American civil rights leader. At the time, King was being held in a Birmingham, Alabama jail after being arrested for a planned non-violent protest by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. This letter should be required reading for all to have more of an understanding of this nation’s history, and perhaps what we can do to move forward.… [Read more]

Why Black History Month

A conservative gadfly said that what America needs is a “White History Month” She stated that white men have greatly contributed to make America the greatest and most powerful country on the planet and they should be celebrated –  just as African-Americans are celebrated for their accomplishments during the month of February.

There is nothing wrong with honoring the accomplishments of white men.… [Read more]

The Scary Side of the Republican Party

In February of 1950 a young, virtually unknown Republican Senator left for Wheeling, West Virginia. He was on a mission for his party. It wasn’t his first mission. He had been a Marine during WWII and had flown on missions in which he fired a tail gun at coconut and palm trees just for giggles. He normally sat behind a desk preparing reports in relative safety.… [Read more]

While ‘Lincoln’ May Be a Wonderfully Crafted Film It Still Fails At Honestly Reflecting History

It comes as no surprise that Steven Spielberg’s latest work, Lincoln, is garnering rave reviews. It is, after all, about one of America’s favorite historical icons, Abraham Lincoln, the president who is most notable for and credited with freeing the slaves and saving the Union. Just a glance at some of the reviews of Spielberg’s Lincoln:

In Steven Spielberg’s brilliant, brawling epic about the last four months in the life of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln takes a few hits up there on his marble pedestal.… [Read more]

99% vs 1% – A New Name For An Old American Institution

When Mitt Romney said, “I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs a repair, I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich; they’re doing just fine,” I was outraged. Many other people were outraged too – poor and rich alike. There is quite obviously a gaping tear in the “safety net.”

When the politicians and talking heads began blaming President Obama for starting a “class war,” I was incensed.… [Read more]